dvd drive stopped working

David Fletcher kubuntu-users at thefletchers.net
Thu Mar 20 09:59:07 UTC 2008

At 06:17 20/03/2008, you wrote:
> > Thing is with these, they've become so cheap that it's hardly worth
> > fooling around with them - if it's stopped working my advice would be
> > to just order a new one with SATA if your motherboard supports it,
> > and toss the old one in the recycling skip when the new one is
> > installed and working.
>Aw man ... I may well have to.

This is sort of related to this thread....

What really, REALLY annoys me is that the people who build these 
devices provide firmware updates for them, but as far as I know, 
nobody provides update software that runs under Linux. The drives I 
have at home, made by what appears to be a Toshiba/Samsung joint 
effort, fall into this category i.e. I installed the auto update 
software supplied with a DVD drive on my old XP/Linux dual boot 
machine, and one day when running XP up it popped and offered to 
flash my DVD drive with the latest firmware, which it did.

Does anybody know of any manufacturers who provide firmware update 
software for Linux? Probably just a silly question to which I can 
guess the answer, but you don't know for sure until you ask.


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